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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1932. Department of School Administration.


Copyright 1932, the author. Used by permission.


This study attempts an investigation of factors pertinent to the establishment of cooperative school areas in Custer and Saunders counties.Custer county was chosen as one of the counties to be considered because the writer is personally connected with one of the Custer county schools. Saunders county was chosen as the second unit because it is located in an entirely different part of the state and because the county superintendent had maps and other data available that would greatly facilitate making the study.Schools of all sizes are considered, the large schools being viewed solely as potential central districts and the small schools as either central districts or as tuition districts.

The author personally discussed the matter of cooperative school areas with as many Custer county administrators as possible.In this way he obtained, first hand, the valuations of certain school districts, class sizes, information as to the number of additional students the system could satisfactorily handle, and the general attitude of Custer county school men toward the plan and other data.

A personal letter was sent to those in both counties not personally interviewed.It will be noted that the letter asks for the valuation of each city or town school district, whether the school is accredited or approved, present class sizes, and the number of additional students the system could accommodate in high school and in the grades.Each administrator was also asked if he knew of any districts that would, or should be, interested in becoming tuition districts, because of low valuations or small enrollments.From this last question valuable suggestions were obtained which otherwise might have been entirely overlooked.

Advisor: K. O. Broady